Scotland’s Annual Festival of Procurement

25 October 2017, SECC, Glasgow

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The Scottish Government 12th National Procurement Conference

Conference Agenda

We are delighted to announce the agenda for the Scottish Government 12th National Procurement Conference – a mix of plenary and breakout sessions, with networking time built in.  Please note tickets are limited and must be booked in advance.

10:00-10:10 - Welcome from Meeting Chair

Brian Taylor
Political Editor,
BBC Scotland

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10:10-10:25 - Ministerial Address

Derek MacKay MSP
Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Constitution,
Scottish Parliament for Renfrewshire North & West

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10:25-10:45 - Social Value and Procurement: Making a Difference

Teresa Medhurst
Director of Strategy & Innovation,
Scottish Prison Service

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There is an increasing awareness that the way we procure and commission public services can make a real and telling difference to people’s lives and to the communities in which they operate. This goes beyond the traditional approach to seeking value for money. Public procurement professionals are encouraged to consider the impact they can make and economic, social, and environmental wellbeing of the communities in which they operate and to be ambitious. The opportunity to increase overall value for money should be an incentive in itself but perhaps the real motivation should be seeing the impact on the people who are affected and the difference we can make to their lives and to our communities.

Delegates are invited to:
• Consider the objectives of your organisation and the wider aspirations of the Scottish Government.
• Establish a plan to support and contribute to this through procurement activity; it’s ok to start small but be prepared to think big.
• Realise the opportunity. Be prepared to share and learn from others. We can all make a difference.

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10:45-11:45 - Breakout Session One

Social Service Procurement and the New Light Touch Regime – an exploration of scope for innovation and flexibility in service delivery design

Robin Fallas
Senior Associate, MacRoberts LLP

Pauline Graham
Social Firms Scotland & Director, Ready for Business LLP

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Project Management in Practice

Scott Forrest
Core Platforms Manager, Tech UK Operations, Sky UK

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ESPD - Making it work for you

Nora Nemeth
Procurement Best Practice Specialist Procurement Reform & Integration Division (PRID) , Scottish Procurement, The Scottish Government

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11:45-12:10 - Morning Coffee and networking at Procurex Scotland Live Exhibition

12:10-12:50 - Good Procurement is Sustainable Procurement

Eveline Venanzoni
Former Chair,
UN's Marrakech Task Force

Session overview +-

• The potential of sustainable public procurement (SPP)
• Possible success factors for SPP
• How procurement can promote (social/economic) policy goals/strategies

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12:50-13:45 - Lunch and Networking at Procurex Scotland

13:45-14:45 - Breakout Session Two

Sustainable Procurement – Warmer Homes Scotland

Ross Armstrong
Contract Director, Warmworks

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Update on eInvoicing Progress and overview of NHS Spend Analysers

Lynn Peterson
Head of eCommerce (Post-Award), Scottish Procurement

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Construction Innovation

Stephen Good
Chief Executive, Construction Scotland Innovation Centre

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14.45-15.10 - Procurement as Problem-Solving

Sascha Haselmayer
CEO,
CityMart

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Most people agree that public procurement is not delightful, and all too often is not used to get the best solution to a problem. We should challenge some of the assumptions about procurement baked into our practice and take the perspective a citizen might have;
o What if procurement was a form of problem-solving?
o What if procurement was a form of public engagement?
o At Citymart, we have worked with what we call “problem-based procurement” to tackle some of the issues around market knowledge and accessibility
o The results were interesting: 2% of citizens in Barcelona showed interest in a tender, San Francisco solved problems seemingly unsolvable, participation by minority & women owned businesses soared in Long Beach, and London co-created new solutions by connecting citizens and start-ups.
o These are not isolated instances – we have done this with 60 cities in 25 countries. We see real benefits in results, cost savings, vendor diversity, public engagement and local economic development.
o It cultivates a new eco-system of change-makers across all segments of society, driven by better results for citizens.

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15.10-15.30 - An Interview with Ainslie McLaughlin

Ainslie Mclaughlin
Director of Procurement and Commercial,
Scottish Government

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15.30-16.00 - Q&A

16.00 - Official Event Close

Brian Taylor
Political Editor,
BBC Scotland

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